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BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading - because we know that reading can transform lives.

Our programmes and campaigns are delivered via health, library, schools, early years and outreach partners.

Please note: Our usual home, unless otherwise specified, is Battersea Studios in London. We are currently a 'work from home' organisation due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with government guidance.


Coordinator, Children's Book Promotion and Prizes Team

Location: BookTrust, Battersea (home-working initially in line with coronavirus guidelines)
Contract: Full time, Permanent
Salary: £25,000 - £27,000 per annum

We are looking for the right person to coordinate the author and illustrator community of BookTrust Represents (our Arts Council-funded project to support and promote children's authors and illustrators of colour, with the aim of increasing the number of books written or illustrated by authors and illustrators of colour) and also to coordinate BookTrust's wider author and illustrator activities across BookTrust – always with the ultimate aim of getting more children reading for pleasure.

The successful candidate will support, encourage and recruit aspiring and emerging authors and illustrators of colour to the BookTrust Represents community, write and research a monthly newsletter and coordinate a training and mentoring programme. They will work with a wide range of publishers, arts agencies and other organisations to maximise opportunities for authors and illustrators of colour to have a sustainable career as creators of children's books.

The successful candidate will be a highly organised person who is knowledgeable and interested in children's books and passionate about children's reading. They will coordinate author and illustrator activity working with the wider arts team, including direct contact with authors and illustrators and their publishers on specific projects.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@booktrust.org.uk. In your cover letter please outline your suitability in relation to the person specification and answer the following question:

What do children's books and reading mean to you?

BookTrust particularly welcomes applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates.

Closing date: Thursday, 4 February 2021 at 09:00

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BookTrust is an equal opportunities employer

We aim to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability and that all appointments are made solely on the basis of merit.

In order that our equality policy is effective we carry out regular monitoring of job applicants, and we would therefore ask you to complete the equality monitoring form.This information will be kept centrally within our secure HR department, completely separate from your recruitment application form and will be used for the sole purpose of compiling statistical information. The information will be separated from the application form and will not be given to the selection panel. The completed monitoring form will be destroyed once the information given in it has been collated.

BookTrust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Charity no. 313343.
No contact from agencies, please.

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who donated to the BookTrust Christmas appeal, with your generous support, we have sent surprise book gifts to 14,250 children who are vulnerable or in care in the run-up to Christmas. Your gift helped the children feel special during the festive period.

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